August 16, 2016

Musings: You’re So Art Deco

The release of The Great Gatsby back in 2013 was a visual delight for those who adore all things 1920.

If you’re unfamiliar with this movement, think silent cinema, flapper dresses, tons of opulence, bold colours, laced with lots of decadence. I always find myself drawn to the geometric shapes and strong colours when seeking out accessories and planning my future wedding soirée. I have planned every inch of my 1920s themed wedding here…all I need is the ability to clone myself

Perhaps I am drawn to it because it exudes luxury and glamour – a far cry from my 20s (pun intended). 

I have even been thinking of purchasing a vintage ring but as I find myself in the ‘fast-fashion’ cycle sometimes and don’t bat an eyelid when my finger turns green from a cheap high-street ring. But I’d much rather invest in something like the ever symbolic green ring from The Great Gatsby; if he can dream so can I. But as a quick Google search reveals, they aren’t cheap, so for now I’ll just stare longingly at the ones I’ve curated on Polyvore…

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The trend started in Europe, notably Paris, in the early 1900s and quickly spread around the globe. It resurged in the 1960s and is echoed in some of today’s trends and celebrity culture (i.e Kris Jenner’s most recent birthday bash). But there is definitely more to Art Deco than the Baz Luhrmann movie and it is interesting to note that this trend was influenced by the Art Noveau florals and the beginnings of technology.


This is perhaps why it involves the use of strong geometric shapes and vivid colours, signifying that a change was in the air.

Walking around NYC alone back in February I was infatuated with the architecture and always caught myself glancing at the magnificent structure that is the Chrysler Building. It was interesting to see that even on my travels there are art deco influences still standing across the globe as a towering reminder of the roaring 1920s.


I honestly think this was my era, but for now I will leave you with the sultry sounds of Lana Del Ray aptly titled song…

Char xo

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I love concerts, 6am flights, 90s R&B, cancelled plans and wine. My blog Memoirs and Musings is all about documenting my travels infusing my personal experiences (memoirs) and a few musings along the way.